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Buccaneers sign Ugokwe, waive Ward

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The Buccaneers have added depth to their offensive line as training camp kicks off

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced they have signed offensive tackle Jerry Ugokwe and waived defensive lineman Channing Ward on the eve of training camp.

The move isn’t a big shock by any means as the Buccaneers needed to find a way to add to the depth of the offensive line, especially after cutting J.R. Sweezy earlier in the off-season. Ward, unfortunately, was now part of a very deep - and stacked - position group as Jason Licht spent most of the off-season beefing up one of the league’s worst defensive lines of 2017.

Ward was hit with the non-football injury designation, opening the spot for Ugokwe who was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2017 by the Colts, waived and picked up by the Saints, then spent a few weeks on the Redskins’ practice squad.